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ISC and its partners organised the 9th edition of the Science Summit around the 78th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA78) on 12-29 September 2023.
The role and contribution of science to attaining the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be the central theme of the Summit. The objective is to develop and launch science collaborations to demonstrate global science mechanisms and activities to support the attainment of the UN SDGs, Agenda 2030 and Local2030. The meeting will also prepare input for the United Nations Summit of the Future, which will take place during UNGA79 beginning on 12 September 2024.
Friday, September 15 • 9:00am - 11:00am
[VIRTUAL] Blueprint for Action: Provoking Hopeful Futures (150903)

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Join us on Friday, September 15, 2023, from 9-11 am EDT for a virtual event at the 78th UN General Assembly Science Summit. This interactive two-hour session, revolving around our curious question, "What is our blueprint for a hopeful future where humanity can take action to flourish?" aims to ignite hope, provoke thought, and inspire action.

We're bringing together a diverse group of experts with unique lenses on futures and foresight practice. Through real-world examples, these visionary leaders will demonstrate how they look to the future for ways to bridge our current reality to an aspirational tomorrow.

Organized around themes such as health, education, water, environment, space exploration, finance, and global governments, this session will present a tangible, interactive exploration of the futures we can create. Together, we’ll envision a blueprint for a hopeful, flourishing future.

The session will be recorded and available to registered attendees.

Agenda Outline
Note: The following agenda is subject to change. It provides a general outline of the session and the order of presenters.

Presenter: Cyndi Coon 

Welcome & Invitation
Presenters: Kim Larkin, Kate Sutton Johnson

The Story Begins - Part 1
Presenter: Dr. Claire Nelson

Constellation 1 - The Here & Now
Presenter: Dr. Lydia Kostopoulos

Constellation 2 - Future Possibilities
Presenters: Radha Mistry, Alisha Bhagat, Mansi Parikh

Constellation 3 - Storytelling/Obstacles
Presenters: Kate Sutton Johnson, Madeline Ashby, Cyndi Coon

Constellation 4 - Future Forces
Presenters: Lucy Tournas, Divya Chandler

Constellation 5 - Taking Action
Presenters: Kim Larkin, Cyndi Coon, Lisa Solomon, Hattie Rose Briddell

The Story Concludes - Part 3
Presenter: Dr. Claire Nelson

Close Journey
Presenters: Kim Larkin, Kate Sutton Johnson, Cyndi Coon

Expert Q&A (time permitting)

End of Session

For more details, please visit BlueprintForTheFuture.com.

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Lisa Kay Solomon

Designer in Residence, Stanford d. school
bestselling author, educator, speaker, and dynamic force for good, Lisa Kay Solomon has dedicated her career to making design a more accessible, learnable, and expansive set of everyday leadership practices.Named one of ixDA’s Women of Design 2020, Lisa has taught leadership and... Read More →
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Mansi Parikh

Founder - Foresight & Innovation Strategy, Future Tense Inc.
Mansi is an award winning Foresight Strategist and Founder of Future Tense Inc. A consummate generalist she explores the liminal spaces between the past, present and futures, real and imagined. Through experimentation and research she uncovers new perspectives & deconstructs the mundane... Read More →
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Radha Mistry

Americas Region Foresight Leader, Arup
Radha has a background in architecture, narrative environments, and strategic foresight. She currently leads the Americas region foresight business at Arup, teaches as adjunct faculty on the Design MBA program at California College of the Arts, and spends most of her time exploring... Read More →
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Kate Sutton Johnson

Experiential Designer + Design Futurist
Kate works across several industries as a leader and visionary in experiential and visual storytelling. Originally trained as a theater artist, she spent the first twenty years of her career designing experiential environments for museums, theaters, and themed entertainment. In the... Read More →
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Divya Chander

Founder, Lucidify Inc
Divya Chander, MD, PhD is a physician, neuroscientist, futurist, and entrepreneur. She is a practicing anesthesiologist with specializations in neurosurgery, ENT, and critical care. While at Stanford University, she developed and taught the residency neuroanesthesia curriculum for... Read More →
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Dr. Lydia Kostopoulos

Dr. Kostopoulos advises governments and multinationals on strategy and innovation in relation to emerging technologies and considering global macro trends.She is most frequently called upon to provide advisory on:🔹Technology Communication: She has a track record of explaining technology... Read More →
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Alisha Bhagat

Futures Lead, Forum for the Future
Alisha is a futurist and strategist focusing on the creative use of futures tools to impact long term positive change, particularly around social justice and equality. She utilizes systems thinking, design, games, mapping, scenario planning, and speculative futures to engage with... Read More →

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Cyndi Coon

Experiential Futurist, Applied Futures Lab
Cyndi Coon is a time traveler and rule-bender, nerding out for good using data and science. She is an author, creative, ecosystem builder, facilitator, narrative builder, producer, and an applied futurist for higher education, industry, governments, the military and NGOs.  She is... Read More →
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Kim Larkin

Founder/Principal, MXD Arts
Kim Larkin is an experiential futurist, facilitator, and strategist who guides global individuals and organizations to imagine possibility and build positive futures. She is the founder of MXD Arts, where she employs human-centered, creative, and scientific approaches to prepare organizations for the challenges and opportunities of tomorrow. Kim has owned and operated multiple businesses, established and led nonprofits, and worked with Fortune 100 and 500 companies, the US... Read More →

Friday September 15, 2023 9:00am - 11:00am EDT